89-year-old Washington woman uses golf club to fend off sword-wielding stick-up artist

By Tom Boggioni
Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:58 EDT
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A 89-year-old Washington woman fended off a sword-wielding robbery suspect at her convenience store, whacking him with a golf club, reports KREM.

Miyo Koba, who has owned Frank’s Superette in Moses Lake for sixty years, came out of the back of her store Sunday morning to find a man wearing a ski mask and dark glasses standing behind the counter trying to open the cash register.

“I had the scissors in my hand like this, and he was trying to open the till, and he said, ‘Open the till!’,” said Koba. “I said, ‘No I’m not going to open the till for you’, and I said, ‘If you don’t get your hands off the till, I’m gonna stab you with the scissors.’ But I didn’t. I didn’t have the nerve to stab him.”

Koba said the robber became frustrated at his inability to open the register and brandished a sword at her.

“He started pounding on the register trying to open it because I wouldn’t do it for him,” she explained. “He pulled out his little sword out of his little jacket, and he just kind of waved it a little bit.”

According to police the sword, which was discovered later, was three feet long.

The robber took the whole register with him, pushing Koba to the floor where she grabbed a golf club.

“I fell down here and so I got into a sitting position,” said Koba. “I got into a sitting position and I found the club so I tried to swing this club at him and I tried to hit his head a couple times but I couldn’t reach it.”

According the shopkeeper, she struck the man several times on the legs.

According to police, the robber left the scene carrying the cash register on a BMX bike.

Police recovered the empty cash register as well as the suspect’s clothing nearby.

“He must have been running around in his underwear and no shoes because that’s what they said, they found all his clothes,” said Koba.

Police are still searching for the man.

Watch the video below from KREM:

Tom Boggioni
Tom Boggioni
Tom Boggioni is based in the quaint seaside community of Pacific Beach in less quaint San Diego. He writes about politics, media, culture, and other annoyances. Mostly he spends his days at the beach gazing at the horizon waiting for the end of the world, or the sun to go down. Whichever comes first.
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